White Skirt Wednesday: Classic Cavalli

[The point in conversation where Juno needs a cold drink (and we do, too): Giunone (Raffaella Milanesi) and Calisto (Elena Tsallagova) having a heart-to-heart on sleeping with goddesses in Cavalli’s “La Calisto”, Strasbourg 2017.]

[Yes, screencaps. Consider yourself warned, but then again, why else are you all here?]

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So you’re just a nymph, skipping through the woods. And, okay, you are daydreaming a little (unless you get interrupted by privileged jerks who proposition you in tandem. Creeps!).
[Elena Tsallagova (Calisto) in Cavalli’s “La Calisto”, Strasbourg 2017]

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About that daydreaming: true, it might involve your boss. Who happens to be be the Goddess of Chastity. #It’sComplicated.
[Vivica Genaux (Diana) in Cavalli’s “La Calisto”, Strasbourg 2017]

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Diana, meanwhile, is kind of swayed by countertenors bringing flowers.
[Vivica Genaux (Diana) and Filippo Mineccia (Endimione) in Cavalli’s “La Calisto”, Strasbourg 2017]

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But, alas: there is chastity in the job description. #GoddessProblems (even if your own personnel is remarkably relaxed about that rule)
[Vivica Genaux (Diana) and Guy de Mey (Linfea) in Cavalli’s “La Calisto”, Strasbourg 2017]

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Shepherds playing at Pygmalion. What could possibly go wrong?
[Filippo Mineccia (Endimione) in Cavalli’s “La Calisto”, Strasbourg 2017]

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Okay, he apparently needs glasses. – Hello? Over here?! – But he is cute otherwise.
[Vivica Genaux (Diana) and Filippo Mineccia (Endimione) in Cavalli’s “La Calisto”, Strasbourg 2017]

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I won’t tell if you won’t. He started it!
[Vivica Genaux (Diana) and Filippo Mineccia (Endimione) in Cavalli’s “La Calisto”, Strasbourg 2017]

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In an evening where everybody gets a space for their kink, there’s also room for “Threesomes with Statues”.
[Vivica Genaux (Diana) and Filippo Mineccia (Endimione) in Cavalli’s “La Calisto”, Strasbourg 2017]

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Meanwhile, you’re still daydreaming in the woods.
[Elena Tsallagova (Calisto) in Cavalli’s “La Calisto”, Strasbourg 2017]

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…about how perhaps Diana will finally find the secret stash of poetry you’ve written about her (you regret nothing) and will like it.
[Vivica Genaux (Diana) in Cavalli’s “La Calisto”, Strasbourg 2017]

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…about how perhaps…
Well.
(Also: hello, Diana, but saying ‘No!’ looks different)
[Elena Tsallagova (Calisto) and Vivica Genaux (Diana) in Cavalli’s “La Calisto”, Strasbourg 2017]

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A cold shower is in order.
#EauGlacée #EauTrèsGaïe
[Elena Tsallagova (Calisto), in Cavalli’s “La Calisto”, Strasbourg 2017]

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In other news, Cavalli has also written a Buffy opera, “Le avventure di Spike The Dyke e Cordelia, Regina delle Amazzoni.” Happy Ending pending, but it likely includes a threesome with non-human creatures (it’s Cavalli, what did you expect?).
[Lawrence Olsworth-Peter (Pane), Vivica Genaux (Diana) and Jaroslaw Kitala (Silvano) in Cavalli’s “La Calisto”, Strasbourg 2017]

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Someone may end up dating a vampire, but it is a nice touch that gender roles have clearly been reversed here in regards to who gets to save whom. D’awww.
[Vivica Genaux (Diana) and Filippo Mineccia (Endimione) in Cavalli’s “La Calisto”, Strasbourg 2017]

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Meanwhile, you’re still daydreaming and pining away—
*brain of blogger: loading*
[Elena Tsallagova (Calisto), in Cavalli’s “La Calisto”, Strasbourg 2017]

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…though perhaps it would be time to grab the Goddess by the tunic, so to speak, and state your intentions?
[Elena Tsallagova (Calisto) and Vivica Genaux (Diana) in Cavalli’s “La Calisto”, Strasbourg 2017]

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If at first she doesn’t get it… Well, maybe she isn’t the *quickiest* of Goddesses, but it’s not as if you are in this for a speed race.
[Vivica Genaux (Diana) in Cavalli’s “La Calisto”, Strasbourg 2017]

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Hands-on approach.
[Elena Tsallagova (Calisto) and Vivica Genaux (Diana), in Cavalli’s “La Calisto”, Strasbourg 2017]

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…Hands-on Approach, Advanced Level.
(also, Diana: saying ‘No!’ still looks different!)
[Elena Tsallagova (Calisto) and Vivica Genaux (Diana), in Cavalli’s “La Calisto”, Strasbourg 2017]

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Well, if she doesn’t get it NOW, then you’re just as well off with the marble version of her.
[Elena Tsallagova (Calisto) and Vivica Genaux (Diana), in Cavalli’s “La Calisto”, Strasbourg 2017]

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Let me translate the flowery Faustini prose as “Will pick you up at 8 to skip dinner.”
[Elena Tsallagova (Calisto) and Vivica Genaux (Diana), in Cavalli’s “La Calisto”, Strasbourg 2017]

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“Anima mia”: when the Goddess picks you up for a date in Style.
(we’ll simply pretend that this story had a happy ending. In case of doubt: daydreaming. You’re good at that.)
Elena Tsallagova (Calisto), Vivica Genaux (Diana), Nikolay Borchev (Mercurio) and Raffaella Milanesi (Giunone) in Cavalli’s “La Calisto”, Strasbourg 2017]

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Meanwhile: When Dad Is A Tattletale And Other Cinzian Woes: “Diana did whoooo whaaaaa…..?!”
[Vivica Genaux (Diana) and Filippo Mineccia (Endimione) in Cavalli’s “La Calisto”, Strasbourg 2017]

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Jove, meanwhile, is found out by the Mrs. (true OTP of the evening: Cigar/Genaux’s faces) Though who would scowl if this Giunone were their Mrs.? A Mrs. who might, however, be about to file for a divorce…
[Vivica Genaux (Diana) and Raffaella Milanesi (Giunone) in Cavalli’s “La Calisto”, Strasbourg 2017]

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“And then she did that thing with… and I… ”
*gulp*
(Juno, reconsidering heteronormativity. Calisto, about to be presented with a toaster oven).
[Raffaella Milanesi (Giunone) and Elena Tsallagova (Calisto) in Cavalli’s “La Calisto”, Strasbourg 2017]

62 thoughts on “White Skirt Wednesday: Classic Cavalli”

    1. oh, Alerts like this are welcome anyplace, thank you!
      I wanted to put up a post regarding the upcoming opera days over on Opera Platform (lots of streaming available again) either way and will add this to the bill. This Tito was on ARTE for a while back in 2014, and there is a White Shirt copy (I think there were screencaps of Agnés Aubé with the knife a few months ago?), in case you’re out on a concert. 🙂
      Meanwhile, thadieu and I are fretting about this Sunday’s “Poppea” from Schwetzingen, which will be on SWR.de as a web livestream – do you have any experience in capturing off their site? Because I fear thadieu may be geoblocked, and my heavily jailed office Mac has limited capabilities. And I don’t believe it will end up in their Mediathek (there is always hope, though).

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      1. Yes, this Tito has been on Arte before. I had not seen the Poppea anouncement yet and cannot find any information about a livestream on SWR TV or internet. Have you got a link?

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        1. it’s kind of hidden –
          the stream is announced here:
          http://www.swr.de/swr-classic/schwetzinger-festspiele/schwetzinger-festspiele-l-incoronazione-de-poppea/-/id=17055562/did=18570500/nid=17055562/qb708u/index.html

          and should be on here:
          http://www.swr.de/swr-classic/

          it seems to be web only, no TV airing (which is why I doubt it will make it to the Mediathek), and it doesn’t seem as if it will be available on demand afterwards.

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          1. Thank you! I trust your capture abilities more than my restrained Mac or the geo-accessibility. Thadieu and, if she turns out to be blocked tonight, I myself shall try our best, but…

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          2. i think another photo is in order…
            i love that “reaction” shot a lot, to the casting that is. in the reader mode it sits quietly as a reminder..

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          3. it’s one of the “Casablanca” folder extras – the post I never managed to do.

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          4. i wish the radio broadcast is live.. i would have simply tune in… as for now.. i’m somehow stuck in super religious Bach.. it’s very nice to not understand the language i have to say, much less goosebumps in this country, and more appreciating the music..

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          5. I found myself wishing it was live, too. (dealing with work emails and could use some Monteverdi!)

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          6. is that the Ottavia that will be on free vid download on Opera Platform for the next week?

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          7. meanwhile.. i got distracted… and might now need more pining… really need to find another of her Alcina somewhere… really need a broadcast.. preferably with a mezzo Ruggiero of course..

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          8. oh, in looking today through YT for a Barcarolle version to use, there also was one with Christine Rice.
            (I’m lowkey going through my Brussels posts again because it’s been a year and I really miss her singing)

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          9. also a good plan! (always a good plan!)

            and apropos green: I also wish TCE would somehow make accessible their upcoming Pelléas with Petibon.

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          10. i still remember the one from Opera Comique 😀
            in the spirit of expanding horizon and supporting mezzos, i’ll watch this, with Essi Luttinen as Nerone, to get my ears tuned up. For some reason i never watched the version with A.Coote either, might be in order..

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          11. the one that will be available from OpearPlatfrom in 38 minutes (infos in the new post above) – might have been a coproduction?

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          12. oh, you have new post… i’m a bit annoyed with the male Analta in Helsinki. THat role.. or at least, male singing female, they tend to really over-do it and it becomes annoying in sound. The ones from Paris (with ACA + Jacobs) were exceptional in the regard, especially Thomas Allen.

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          13. Yes, Allen was great in being very lowkey, subtle and “natural” – a bit like Guy de Meys Linfea last Sunday: the motion patterns of a “nice old lady”, subtly coding a neutral body underneath.

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          14. yes, that one. Max I’mInEverything Cencic as Nerone and Tim Mead (whom I would like in this, I suspect) as Ottone.

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  1. Thank you, Anik.
    And – dear me – are you aware what ” the opera platform” is offering, starting tonight? Besides a live Ginastera opera from the teatro real also some quite interesting performances all of them starting at midnight (staying online after that). Among them is also a Poppea from Lille 2012 with an interesting cast: Haim, Hallenberg etc which at least I have not seen yet.

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    1. yes, yes, yes!
      That’s the post I was referring to having to write – for the European Opera Days, they have 10 (or 11?) shows on limited stream on demand, and many of them FABULOUS!

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      1. yes, really a feast! and what I especially like about opera platform: no complicated timeconsuming captures but very simple and fast downloads in HD quality instead 😉

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  2. I watched this last night and it was hot! Seems like they weren’t too prudish in 17th century, I was quite surprised by the racy libretto (not that I’m complaining). Or maybe it’s just that I’m relatively new to Baroque…

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